This last section of the lectionary, going to the end of the year, will cover the post-Exilic books of 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Esther, and Malachi. Also included in these readings as an interlude in the account of Solomon in 2 Chronicles is the Songs of Songs, traditionally understood to have been written by Solomon. The Book of Deuteronomy anticipated that God’s People would apostatize from Him, which He would punish by driving them into Exile. The post-Exilic books addressed the issues and questions God's people had when they returned to the land, while pointing the way forward to Christ and the New Covenant.
This week's readings will conclude Ezekiel's prophecy in the Old Testament and will continue going through the Psalms sequentially. The New Testament readings in Acts will cover the period from Stephen's stoning and the dispersal of the church in Jerusalem to the eve of the First Missionary Journey. Included in this period is conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus in chapter 9 and the "Pentecost of the Gentiles" in chapter 10.
The New Testament readings will begin in Acts. Acts is essentially volume 2 of the two-part history of the church that was started with Luke's Gospel. Luke, a close ministry associate of the Apostle Paul, wrote to give an individual names Theophilus a comprehensive account of the Christian faith.